April: A Month to Remember!

April: A Month to Remember!

April was quite a month at Trinity! From our first-ever Easter as a church, to throwing a big party for our first birthday, to making a splash with baptisms on our sidewalk, it was a month to remember.

We began our month of celebrations with Easter Sunday! Also known as Resurrection Sunday, it’s a day that reminds us we can begin again. It gives us a sense of new urgency for the life God has for us. It's kind of crazy to think that Jesus endured all He did just to save us. Jesus demonstrated His genius, His gifts and power on this Earth. Many saw, many were healed but even so, some refused to believe. But WE believe! And He is shaping all of us into the men and women He has called us to be. Because we know and love Jesus, we are called to a higher standard. He will not ignore you or leave you alone. He is always in our corner, but more importantly, He’s always fighting for us. Jesus is for you, HE will never ignore, and HE will always adore you.

The very next week, we celebrated our first birthday as Trinity Church Harlem! We’ve seen so many great things happen over the course of one year and are so thankful that God would use us to accomplish His will. So we threw a party! And when we say party, we do mean party! We’re talking dance numbers, confetti, fun party hats and more!

The last Sunday of the month was baptisms and what a beautiful day it was! Since Launch, more than 80 of our community members made the decision to go deeper in their walk with God by getting baptized. It’s always a time to celebrate! It’s a public declaration of an inward decision, a commitment to God and the decision to share it with the world. It’s like a wedding ceremony with Jesus!

Though we’re celebrating a year as Trinity Harlem, our history goes much deeper than that. There have been many people who have come before us laid the groundwork for what we get to do today. So we celebrated over a century of hard work, faith and dedication to bring this harvest into fruition.

In short, April was a month to celebrate all God has done, is doing and is going to do through us. We pray our answer is always YES. The best is yet to come!

Replenish: There's More Where That Came From

Replenish: There's More Where That Came From

Individualism is celebrated in America; but deep down we know that we are called to live in community. That’s why on holidays like Labor Day, we gather with family and friends to grill or maybe spend one last day at the beach, but most importantly, celebrate life together. It’s because we recognize that we’re better together. Services on Sundays are great--we always have so much fun--but unless we build relationships that carry us throughout the week, unless we become a part of a community, we’ll never become all we’re meant to be.

The entire book we live by--the Bible--was written for a community, not an individual. On Sunday, Pastor Taylor read from Ecclesiastes 4:9-10. It says: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Do you have someone to help you up should you fall, whether physically, emotionally or spiritually? We need those people in our lives to both encourage us and hold us accountable. We say to them: “Here’s what I believe for my life. Will you help me get there?” 

There’s no doubt about it--the storms will come. And if we’re alone, we’re not prepared for them. There is more strength, more endurance, better destiny and more creativity in community. Jesus isn’t coming back for some people, He’s coming back for a people. 

There is more strength, more endurance, better destiny and more creativity in community.
— Pastor Taylor

Life is more about who you become than what you do. To become who you are called to be, you need people to sharpen you. God wants you to be stronger. There are so many things that God wants to do through you and for you. You are spiritually stronger in community! There's more strength than where that came from. God can call it out! God wants to use other people to call and draw it out of you! We can all vow to pursue relationships with accountability to help lift us. 

One of the best ways we can be intentional about living in community is being a part of a connect group. Connect groups are the fabric of our church. You see, we are not a church with small groups, we’re a church of small groups. They launch next week and we can’t wait to see how much of a blessing they will be in people’s lives. Sign up today!

We’re walking into a new season--SZN 2, that is. SZN 1 was awesome. We launched a church, saw many people come to Christ and get baptized, and make Trinity Church their home. For everything, there is a season. We can only imagine what great things God will do in and through us in SZN 2. See you Sunday: 10am + 12pm + 6pm!

Replenish: Remember the Sabbath

Replenish: Remember the Sabbath

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Many of us recognize this as one of the Ten Commandments, the same list that includes “thou shalt not kill.” But how many of us keep it? We can become consumed with and driven by ambition and success. As a result, we may have become accustomed to working every single day and not resting as we should. On Sunday, Pastor Taylor encouraged us to do just that. In his message, “Guard the Gates,” he reminded us to be intentional about taking a day to rest--a Sabbath. 

When we work nonstop, we can start to trust in our own work ethic and not God’s provision. But we can find comfort in knowing that God can do more with our six days than we can with our seven. He wants to replenish us. We will never find restoration without rest. The book of Mark tells us the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27). God created the Sabbath so we don’t get burnt out. He wants us to live and flow from rest. He wants us to escape from the routine. 

Sabbath is from the Hebrew word “shabbat.” This is related to the verb meaning “to cease from the routine.” In other words: don’t do what you normally would do and do what you normally wouldn’t. The Sabbath is about breaking your routine and it’s best done in community. It’s a day to enjoy time with family, a day when cell phones, Netflix and work emails take a backseat to community. Even God rested. He created the world in six days and rested on the seventh--but not because He had to. God neither slumbers nor sleeps, but by resting on the Sabbath, He set the example for us. 

Nehemiah 13:22 says, “Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and go and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy.” We encourage you to protect the day. Draw clear boundaries about what you will and won’t do on the Sabbath. You can also pray, “God, give me the courage to honor you with my day.” 

“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. - Isaiah 58: 13-14

We believe life is meant to be done in community. Our community is going deeper in our walks with God with Week Two of #PrayFirst. We have friends with praise reports and answered prayers already! Prayer is truly powerful. Join us as we continue to pray for breakthrough, healing and increase and more. We'll see you Thursday at 7am for our prayer service! In the meantime, sign up to be part of a connect group today! 

Replenish: But First, Pray

Replenish: But First, Pray

It’s the second day of #PrayFirst, our 21-day period of fasting and prayer, and we are believing God to do the impossible! But first, we must pray. Many of our prayers go unanswered simply because they go unasked. You may have heard this before, but prayer really does change everything. When we start to pray regularly, irregular things happen. 

1 Thessalonians 5:17 instructs us to pray without ceasing; but for many of us, that’s easier said than done. When we shift our perspective and consider that God can be a part of everything we do, everything can change. Invite God into the everyday parts of your life and see how your life changes for the better. Here are three ways to make sure God is part of your everyday life.

ESTABLISH A TIME

Make an appointment for quality one-on-one time with the maker of the entire universe. Mark 1:35 tells us that Jesus rose very early in the morning while it was still dark to go and commune with God. He was intentional about making time to spend time with God. Like Jesus, we, too, must set aside daily time to spend with God. If you’ve ever missed an important meeting or appointment, it’s likely because it wasn’t written down or scheduled on your calendar. We want to encourage you to do the same in your quiet time with God. Seek to eliminate distractions and devote that time, whether it’s 15 minutes or 4 hours, to prayer with God.

GO TO A CERTAIN PLACE

This is a place where you won’t be disrupted but can go and pray out loud. Playing soft worship music can help, too. So often, we think we have to have the right words and pray similar lofty prayers like ones we have heard by those we deem more spiritual than we are. The truth is: we can be real with God. Jesus is our friend. He tore the veil in half so we could go to God directly and have an intimate relationship with Him. 

MAKE A PLAN

Go to God with a plan of what you’re seeking Him for. Maybe you’ve been lost on what your true calling is. Perhaps you or a family member needs healing. It could be that you’ve lost all sense of hope and you want it restored. Or maybe there are 10 specifics you are believing God for. Whatever it is, be sure to have a plan before your meeting with God. During that time of prayer, He then gives His instructions. At that point, we must obey.

The moment you open yourself to hear God, you open yourself to obey God.
— Pastor Kristen

To obey God may seem like a daunting part of a relationship with Him, but it comes with purpose. He is continually sanctifying us for the purpose He has called us to. This was made plain to us during our Summer Nights service. And for the first time since launch, Pastor Jensy brought the Word! His message, “For Such a Time as This,” encouraged us to think not of our qualifications or resumes, but of the One true qualifier. Just like Esther was called to save a generation, we are also called to something big, something beyond our own ability. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. So it doesn’t matter where we’re from, what degrees or knowledge we have or don’t have, God has a plan and a purpose for our lives and we are here for such a time as this. 

Esther was a nobody but God transformed her into a queen.
— Pastor Jensy

We hope you were able to pick up a personal prayer guide booklet to guide you through developing an intimate relationship with God. We serve a God who does amazing things but we may never know because we don’t talk to Him. So let’s talk to Him! Pray first. Pray always. Pray with purpose.

#PRAYFIRST: 21 Days of Prayer

#PRAYFIRST: 21 Days of Prayer

Since the beginning of our church, we have set our hearts to be people of prayer. Our rally cry has simply been, "Pray First." In every situation, whether good or bad, we try to pray before we act. Many times people act first and then want God to bail them out of a situation, but prayer should be our first response, not our last resort. As we approach a new season as a church, we are praying for God to do amazing things in your life and the life of our church & our Harlem community.

DURING THIS 21 DAY JOURNEY, WE INVITE YOU TO:

1. Follow us on Instagram to stay up to date and be reminded to pray. (@trinityharlem)

2. Pick up your #PrayFirst Personal Prayer Guide to learn more about how to pray. They will be available Sunday after services.

3. Join us Thursday mornings from 7-8am for 1 hour of prayer and worship. (August 25th and September 1st & 8th)


DAILY PRAYER FOCUS

Follow along with us each day as we pray specifically over these focuses. Prayer changes EVERYTHING!

 

August 22: Our Leaders (Nation, State and City)

August 23: Our Trinity Church Campuses and Pastors

August 24: Our City

August 25: Our Nation (Thursday 7am Prayer)

August 26: Our World

August 27: Lost To Be Found

August 28: Pray & Worship With Us

August 29: Connect Groups (Leaders, Members, Real Life Change)

August 30: Children and Youth In Our Church & Community

August 31: Our Church's Vision for Fall 2016

September 1: Families & Marriages (Thursday 7am Prayer)

September 2: My Personal Vision for Fall 2016 (relationships, reaching my full potential, freedom from habits, debt)

September 3: Personal Freedom & Deliverance - Breakthrough!

September 4: Pray & Worship With Us

September 5: #HEARTFORHARLEM

September 6: Our Servant Leaders

September 7: Supernatural Healing

September 8: Unity & Diversity In Our Church (Thursday 7am Prayer)

September 9: Financial Provision

September 10: Our Trinity Church Harlem Family

September 11: Pray, Worship & Celebrate With Us!!

Replenish: Jesus Is Your Life

Replenish: Jesus Is Your Life

Sometimes, we can search for all the wrong things in all the wrong places. Yesterday was the second Sunday of our new series #Replenish. This series is centered on refilling our proverbial cups with the Holy Spirit. We’re going deeper with Jesus, experiencing growth and getting revived. From our morning services to Summer Nights, yesterday was our best yet.

Pastor Taylor walked us through Colossians 3:1-17. We encourage you to study it more deeply this week. He also shared a short story about his favorite childhood game, "Hide and Seek." As he described a childhood prank during one game, he also illustrated what happens when we search for things that aren’t even there. He asked us what we are knowingly pursuing and if it is in line with what God has called us to pursue. If we are not careful with what we seek, we can misalign our own will with God’s will. 

Pastor Taylor described it as a three-step process: 

  1. Get your heart right.
  2. Get your mind right
  3. Put on new clothes (compassion, humility, love).

Colossians 3:2 tells us we should set our hearts and minds on things above, not things that are in the earth. The only way we can ever satisfy the cravings of our soul is through Jesus. Our hearts and minds have to be of His Kingdom. Pastor Taylor encouraged us to seek God's fullness so that He can direct our paths and fulfill our heart’s desires. We find promise in knowing that when we set our minds on Jesus Christ, we let go of our own selfish ambitions. 

We all have ambitions. We all have hopes and dreams for the future. But if we don't understand that our life is not found in our talents we, will never overflow. Jesus is our life. In Christ, we have been brought to fullness. We have a relationship with Him and through Him we are adopted. We then are given access. And finally, we have authority. 

We can, therefore, put on our new selves and walk in our identity. We can walk in the new clothes God has given us and instructed us to wear in Colossians chapter 3. If we have it backwards, we will never #replenish. How are you replenishing today?

We didn’t know it was possible, but our #HEARTFORHARLEM grew even bigger this summer. In honor of our last #SummerSaturday of the season, we’re holding a Splash Bash! We invite you to beat the heat and join us for a fun afternoon with our entire community.